Rutherford Polk McDowell District Health Department Preparednesss Program
The Rutherford Polk McDowell Health District prepares for public health emergencies that may affect our community. Public Health Preparedness uses an all-hazards approach for emergency planning, focusing on situations that specifically affect the health of the public including pandemic flu, mosquito-borne diseases, bioterrorism events, and other disease outbreaks. This includes sharing information on ways residents can protect themselves and a plan to set up medication clinics, as necessary. We also participate with the emergency response community to work together on any public health emergency.
Preparedness for public health emergencies is a priority. We continually plan, train, and exercise activities to be able to respond quickly to natural disasters, bioterrorism, or disease outbreaks. Public health emergencies can include natural events (flooding, hurricanes, winter weather, etc.) and planned acts (weapons used for mass destruction and bioterrorism). Specially trained staff from our Epidemiology Team (EPI Team) are available to respond to communicable disease outbreaks and public health threats.
STRATEGIC NATIONAL STOCKPILE (SNS)
CDC’s Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) has large quantities of medicine and medical supplies to protect the American public if there is a public health emergency (terrorist attack, flu outbreak, earthquake) severe enough to cause local supplies to run out.
The Preparedness Coordinator for the RPM Health District constantly updates the Strategic National Stockpile Plan (Medical Countermeasure Operational Readiness Review) or better known as the “SNS” MCM-ORR. The SNS refers to the CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) large quantity of medications and PPE that can be used during a public health emergency such as a flu outbreak when local resources are exhausted.
When Disaster Strikes – North Carolina Residents and the Strategic National Stockpile discusses the SNS and what to do and where to go if there is ever a need for SNS supplies.